Open Mic

The Must-See Movie of the Summer — and You’ve Gotta See It in a Theater, Because It’s Got the Best Use of 3-D We’ve Ever Seen (Sorry, Mr. Cameron). But It’s Really Tough to Find in Your Neighborhood Theater. How You Can Help

I just saw a most wonderful, upbeat summer movie about approaching the early-autumn of our years, a must-see buddy movie that, upon initial viewing, I thought was a spectacular all-wet extravaganza. Having seen it again a day later, I’ll borrow…

Jul 26, 2013

‘Mad Men’s’ Jon Hamm Takes a Walk on the Lighter Side

Those who have followed Jon Hamm’s career closely over the past few years will know that in addition to the tall, dark, handsome, brilliant, broody and deceptive character of Don Draper that he plays on "Mad Men," Hamm has a…

Jul 16, 2013

More Than Meets the Eye in New FX Drama

Two cops. Two cultures. Two countries. Two movie stars. A rogue reporter. A mysterious killer — and a string of unsolved murders. It’s an equation that looks to equal a hit for FX. “The Bridge,” starring Diane Kruger and Demian…

Jul 10, 2013

Writer Richard Matheson Influenced My Personal Twilight Zone in Frightful Ways, and I Wouldn’t Have it Any Other Way

A large part of the scariest, creepiest, most intensive part of my childhood can be traced to the TV shows and movies written by Richard Matheson, and I bet I’m not alone. While some of these experiences have had lifelong…

Jun 25, 2013

‘I have to be the sad clown, laughing on the outside, crying on the inside.’ A Farewell to James Gandolfini, Who Brought to Life One of the Greatest Characters Ever on TV

I’m a baby boomer born 10 years after my favorite movie, “Casablanca,” had its premiere. The best movie that’s been made in my lifetime thus far is “The Godfather.” And the TV show that I believe has had the most…

Jun 20, 2013

Film Industry Women Sparkle at the Crystal + Lucy Awards

Although it is their male counterparts who get title billing, it was the women of "Mad Men" who took center stage at the Women in Film 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills on June 12, which also marked…

Jun 17, 2013

Breaking Down the Critics’ Choice Awards

Critics are a notoriously picky lot, and members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association are certainly no exception. That’s why it was such a surprise — and a testament to the quality of television programming over the past season —…

Jun 12, 2013

For Many Attending This Week’s NCTA Cable Show, It’s a Good Time to Try and Spend Some Time With Cable’s Most Charismatic Icon, a Genuinely Modest Person Who Is Retiring at the End of the Year. A Tribute

Having covered the cable TV industry for almost three decades, I’ve known most of the industry’s heavy hitters, from John Malone, Michael Fuchs and Kay Koplovitz to Abby Raven, Italia Commisso Weinand and Glenn Britt. I’ve known some much better…

Jun 10, 2013

Today Is the 15th Anniversary of the Death of the Most Famous Person in American Popular Culture. Here’s the Movie or Miniseries About Him Someone in Hollywood Should Have the Guts to Make

My parents hated each other. They fought constantly. I don’t remember seeing a single loving moment between them. By the time I was 12, it was over. Splitsville. They divorced. They both went on to have loving, fulfilling second marriages,…

May 14, 2013

The TV Academy Gets Real, With a Night of Honors That Don’t Get Nearly as Much Attention as the Emmys — but May Be Even More Important

Some called the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner a “nerd prom,’ and that term also came to mind — in a completely endearing way — at the 6th Annual Television Academy Honors, held May 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel….

May 13, 2013